The statistics on the BBC website for yesterdays game would make rather confusing reading for anyone who wasn’t there. Our mighty Reds had 71% possession. We had as many shots on target as Sheffield United, as many corners, and gave away fewer fouls. Yet we lost by two clear goals- and not even the most myopic Reds fan could really argue that we deserved for the result to be reversed. Whilst we played some entertaining football, the Blades coped well with whatever we threw at them and scored two magnificent free kicks- particularly the second one. We can feel aggrieved that the first free kick was given, and perhaps argue that the resulting goal changed the game, but in reality George Long in the United goal ended up less muddy than most of the outfield players, and that tells its own story.
Enormous credit must go to the groundstaff for getting the game on at all. Six out of the ten scheduled games in League One succumbed to the weather, but even at 9AM the message coming from the club was that, despite the appalling weather turning much of Sussex into a quagmire, our game was not in doubt. The reaction to this announcement was initially sceptical, and many of us remained sceptical until we entered the ground and found the pitch in remarkably good condition. Fantastic work.
Away from the match, there were two other events of significance. The first was the visit of the world famous and totally lovely Police Dog Troy! As our pictures show, he was very good natured and convinced that the Reds matchday programme was as tasty as it was interesting. If you ended up with a copy that looked like it had been chewed, that’s because it probably had! Mind you, that could have been either Police Dog Troy or Chairman Paul in a fit of temper……..if you’re a user of twitter, follow the long tail of the law @PDTroy.
Before the match and at half time you may have noticed that the Crawley Town Devilettes were joined by a collection of rather more diminutive dancers. These were the Little Devils, a Junior troop of cheerleaders wearing their brand new uniforms as funded by the CTSA from proceeds of the 50/50 Half Time draw. We wish these future stars of Strictly Come Dancing well! It has now been agreed by the CTSA Board and by CTFC’s new Chief Executive that our 50/50 funding will be put directly into schemes designed to attract young supporters to CTFC, so when you’re buying your ticket be sure that, as well as giving yourself the chance to win a cash prize, you’re helping build the future of your football club.
From all at the CTSA, have a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year. For us that means victories over Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Colchester and Reading! We hope to see you on Boxing Day- remember, the coaches leave the Broadfield at 1130 sharp, don’t be late!